Magazine article Geographical


Magazine article Geographical


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The capital city of the USA -- Washington -- is unusual in having three different vowels in its name. Make a list of 12 other populous capital cities in the world which have at least three different vowels a,e,i,o,u -- in their names as presented in Anglicised spelling conventions.

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I am standing in the shady garden of a house built in the Spanish colonial style. It was once the house of a famous writer who lived here for 12 years, writing, among other books, The Green Hills of Africa, but now it is a museum. Another famous resident of this town produced a definitive study in ornithology so it is appropriate that the that the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge is nearby. This was the largest city in its state in the early part of the 19th century. Once the haunt of pirates and smugglers -- and maybe still -- it attracts tourists for a nightlife that ends only at dawn. …

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